KEY DATES

  • School holidays start Saturday 1 July. School goes back on Monday 17 July but most public schools have a staff development day on the first day back, with kids returning to school on Tuesday 18 July.

WHAT’S ON

  • Winterlight at Parramatta. From 30 June until Sunday 13 July. Skate and slide, eat and play – fun for the whole family! More info here.
  • The Farm at Lynwood Country Club. Open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 1pm, Friday 4.30pm -7.30pm, Saturday 11am – 2pm  and Sunday 11.30am – 2.30pm. Bring the kids along to see rabbits, birds and sheep! They’ll be entertained by the animal feedings and learn about life on the farm.
  • Launch of Pippa’s Island with best selling author Belinda Murrell at The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft. 12pm on Wednesday 5 July. Snacks provided. Readers aged 8 plus. RSVP staff@thechildrensbookshop.com.au
  • Magic Mike XXL at the Bella Vista Hotel. Wednesday 5 July. 6pm to 11pm
  • Multicultural Mothers Support Group. Every Thursday from 6 July. 10am to 12pm.
  • Launch of Exploding Endings 4 with Tim Harris at The Children’s Bookshop Beecroft.  Exploding Endings are a great short stories series for kids 8 plus. Thursday July 6 at 4pm. Wear yellow! Afternoon tea provided. RSVP staff@thechildrensbookshop.com.au.
  • Golden Ridge Animal Farm Be a Farmer for a Day. Friday 7 July, Saturday 8 July and Sunday 9 July. Find out more details here.
  • Galston Valley Railway Open Day. Sunday 9 July, 9.30am – 3pm.
  • NAIDOC Family Fund Day and Open Day. Wednesday 12 July. 10am to 1pm at Balcombe Heights Estate. Event will open at 10am with a Welcome to Country and include a Smoking Ceremony, Indigenous Wood Carving, storytelling and entertainment from the One Good Day Choir. Fun for the kids with a jumping castle, children’s arts and crafts activities, Rural Fire Service and Police. The Learning in the Hills classrooms open with arts and craft displays and demonstrations and a book sale.
  • Coffee and conversation with The Hills LAC – NSW Police Force. Wednesday 12 July. 10am to 11am. North Rocks Shopping Centre.
  • Cherrybrook Village. Let’s celebrate Winter! Join Groovy Suzy at The CherryPatch for a morning filled with winter delights, creative fun, and stories. Tuesday 18 July, 10am – 12pm.
  • The Rotary Club of Galston Giant Book Fair. Friday 28 July 2017, Saturday 29 July 2017 and Sunday 30 July 2017. 9am to 5pm. Galston Community Centre.
  • Back to the 80s at Bella Vista Hotel. Friday 28 July 2017. From 6pm to late.

 

Family Fair, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 July, 10am – 4pm.

Enjoy a weekend of nostalgia and fun, filled to the brim with roving entertainers, demonstrations, performances and activities, all bringing the stories behind Rouse Hill House & Farm to life!

Tour the historic house and stables, test your skills at vintage games and meet the friendly farmer to help milk the cows and shear the sheep. You can also listen to storytelling, enjoy a pony ride, fly a kite or dive into our new LEGO® exhibition.

So pack a picnic and enjoy a weekend to remember, with a good old-fashioned family fair!

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

The Australian Brewery

Castle Towers Shopping Centre

Robokids coding workshops from Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July. More information can be found here.

Rouse Hill Town Centre

Week 1 – Monday 3 July to Sunday 9 July

  • Disney Themed Shows and Parade. Monday 3 July to Saturday 8 July. 11am and 1pm daily.  Dress up the kids as their favourite Disney or cartoon character for a chance to WIN a family pass to see Disney on Ice presents Frozen. Kids will get to decorate a mask before the Dance upon a Dream show and join on stage for a masquerade parade with heaps of prizes and giveaways. Located in the Market Square. There will also be a colouring in competition from 10am to 1pm. Located outside Coles.
  • Exclusive Cats and Dogs Build-a- Bear. Monday 3 July to Sunday 9 July. Various sessions.
  • Startime Workshops. 9am to 3pm. Monday 3 July and Tuesday 4 July – Minecraft Masters. Wednesday 5 July – Scientific Spectacular.
  • Grill’d Healthy Burger Masterclass. 11am and 4pm. Tuesday 4 July and Wednesday 5 July. Click here to reserve a spot

Week 2 – Monday 10 July to Sunday 16 July

  • Nick Jnr.’s Paw Patrol. Monday 10 July to Saturday 15 July. 11am and 1pm daily with a meet and greet at 12pm daily. Back by popular demand! Enjoy a live show featuring your favourite pups – Chase & Marshall and join in on the fun with Ryder. Located in Market Square.
  • Startime Workshops. 9am to 3pm. Monday 10 July – Scientific Spectacular. Wednesday 12 July – The Sound of Musicals. Thursday 13 July and Friday 14 July – Minecraft Masters. Wednesday 5 July – Scientific Spectacular.
  • Grill’d Healthy Burger Masterclass. 11am and 4pm. Tuesday 11 July and Wednesday 12 July. Click here to reserve a spot

North Rocks Shopping Centre

Week 1 – Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July

Week 2 – Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July

Castle Mall Shopping Centre

Stanhope Village

Week 1 – Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July

Week 2 – Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July

Cherrybrook Village

Winston Hills Mall

  • Brain Child Academy Workshops – electro science workshops – Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July – There are 4 sessions per day – 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Each session will be 50 minutes in duration. You need to register.
  • Fizzics Science Stage Show – Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July. Daily show 11am outside Big W.

Carlingford Court

  • Top Junior Cook. Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July. 11am to 2pm.

Castle Hill RSL

 

MARKETS

  • Aussie NightMarkets Castle Hill – Saturday 1 July. 5pm to 10pm.  Castle Hill Showground.
  • Bella Vista Farm Open Day and Free Spirit Markets – Sunday 2 July. 9am to 2pm. Bella Vista Farm.
  • Sydney Boutique Markets – Sunday 2 July, 10am – 4pm. Rouse Hill Town Centre.
  • Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market – Saturday 8 July  and Saturday 22 July, 8am – 12pm. Castle Hill Showground.
  • The Hills UPMarket – Sunday 23 July, 8.30am – 3pm. Hills District Pony Club.
  • Glenorie Growers Market – Sunday 23 July, 8am – 1pm. Glenorie RSL.

STORYTIME

  • FREE storytime sessions for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are held by libraries in the Hills throughout the week.  For the full calendar see here. Note that do not run during school holidays.  However, Baulkham Hills Library will have a special pyjama story time aimed at 4 year olds to 8 year olds on Monday 3 July from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Find out more detail here.  There is also a special NAIDOC Week Storytime at Vinegar Hill Memorial Library on Wednesday 5 July from 10.30am to 11.15am suitable for children in years 1 and 2.  More information can be found here.
  • Sing, Rhyme and Story Time at North Rocks Shopping Centre. Every Tuesday in the Fun Lab. From 10am – 10.30am. You can then join in their interactive play group from 10.30am to 11am. Not held during school holidays.  Returns on 25 July 2017.

 


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